Title: Morning Glories
Series: Morning Glories, #1
Author: Nick Spencer (artist: Joe Eisma)
Genre: Graphic Novel, Supernatural, Mystery
Publisher: Image Comics
Release Date: February 16th, 2011
Source: Borrowed from my local library
Morning Glory Academy. One of the most prestigious prep schools in the country…but behind it’s hallowed doors something sinister and deadly lurks. When six brilliant but troubled new students arrive, they find themselves trapped and desperately seeking answers…and escape from a place where nothing is what it seems to be.
Many thanks to Shelly of Raindrops and Pages for recommending this graphic novel series. I really didn’t know what to expect when I picked it up, except mystery and possible creepiness. AND HOW.
First off, I read this in two days and sacrificed sleep for it. So you know it’s good.
There’s thriller/horror/supernatural elements, but it’s also a contemporary setting, and the dichotomy makes it extra attention-grabbing when something otherworldly happens. It’s also got an ensemble cast (which I always love) of very diverse personalities and a ton of hidden agendas. The best part of this is the mystery of it- every time you think you know what’s going in, things shake up a bit. You still don’t know what’s going on, or who is on whose team, but you can put a few pieces together in each issue.
An Amazon reviewer described this as The Prisoner set in a boarding school, and that’s pretty apt. Except the MC is female, wicked smart, and not at all overly trusting. It’s always a lovely time when the female lead isn’t naive and innocent and reliant on others. Of course, Hunter is my favorite (I’m always #teamgeek).
It’s also beautifully illustrated (especially the facial expressions) with great coloring. And even the gory bits (no lie, this story goes to dark places) are beautifully illustrated. I am definitely continuing the series!
I highly recommend it for fans of graphic novels with mystery, danger, and darkness in them.